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Saturday, August 12th, 2017

 

Kenya security shoots 9 dead in Nairobi’s Mathare slum

NAIROBI (Reuters) – Nine young men were shot dead overnight in post election violence in Nairobi’s Mathare slum and have been brought to the city morgue, a security official told Reuters on Saturday. The official, who did not want to be named, said he understood the men had been shot by police in anti-looting operations.


American, Canadian diplomats in Cuba lose their sense of hearing

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Friday that U.S. diplomats in Havana had been the victims of “health attacks” that left them with hearing loss — the most definitive U.S. statement yet on a series of mysterious incidents that have puzzled longtime observers of U.S.-Cuban relations. His comments came two days after the State Department issued a vaguely worded statement saying there had been “incidents which have caused a variety of physical symptoms.” U.S. officials later revealed that American diplomats had suffered unexplained losses of hearing, and on Thursday Canada’sRead More


Sporadic shooting in Kenya leaves girl dead

A Kenyan girl shot dead by police in Nairobi slum according to witness. NAIROBI (Reuters) – A young Kenyan girl was shot dead by police during operations to quell protests against the re-election of President Uhuru Kenyatta, a witness said on Saturday. “The girl was hit by a stray bullet while she was on a balcony as police were firing sporadic shots,” the witness, who only gave his first name, Eric, told Reuters.


PICTURES: Kenyans react to Uhuru election win

KTN journalist Duncan Khaemba has been arrested for taunting police while covering Kibera demonstrations. Khaemba and his cameraman were arrested on Saturday after being asked to vacate the scene. They were taken to the Kilimani police station. Protesters vandalised properties and burnt stalls as the police tried to disperse the rowdy youths in Kibera slum. This was after Uhuru Kenyatta was announced the winner of 2017 presidential election with 8,203,290 votes, against Opposition leader Raila Odinga’s 6,762,224 votes. Police lobbed tear gas at the residents and also to the mediaRead More


Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation gives USD $350M to Tanzania

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation on Thursday, announced plans to disburse about Sh777 billion ($ about 350 million) to finance agriculture, health and Information Communication Technology (ICT) sectors in Tanzania. Bill Gates, co-chair of the Foundation and the world’s richest man made the statement at Dar es Salaam State House shortly after meeting with President John Magufuli. On heath sector, which is the main focus of the foundation across the world, the grant to Tanzania will help reduce infant mortality rate, fight against malaria and control malnutrition, a pressRead More


Kenya elections showed how media has sold its soul

In Francis Imbuga’s 1976 play, “Betrayal in the City,” the Kenyan playwright and literature scholar describes life in the fictitious, dystopian, post-colonial state of Kafira. One of the characters, a university don, is jailed for speaking his mind: “We have killed our past and are busy killing our future.” As I write this, Kenya is busy killing its future. Once again, a disputed presidential election has put the country on edge. After a week of building tension and deserted streets and people stocking up on food, and water, protests haveRead More


Trump threatens military action in Venezuela

U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday threatened military intervention in Venezuela, a surprise escalation in Washington’s response to Venezuela’s political crisis. Venezuela has appeared to slide toward a more volatile stage of unrest in recent days, with anti-government forces looting weapons from the military after the installation of an all-powerful new legislative body. “The people are suffering and they are dying. We have many options for Venezuela including a possible military option if necessary,” Trump told reporters. The Pentagon said it had not received any orders on Venezuela from theRead More


Will opposition elites save DRCongo from Kabila?

Millionaire businessman Moise Katumbi has been touted as a possible next Congolese president. Credit: Diaspora Katangaise – Desiré kayumba. Observers hope that prominent opposition figures can provide an alternative to President Kabila. But many Congolese distrust these would-be leaders. It has been a grim couple of months in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), even by our own depressing standards. Slaughter in the Kasai region continues, with a detailed report by the Catholic Church accusing government forces and local militias of killing almost 3,500 people and destroying 20 villages. A series of prisonRead More


World abandons Rwanda as Kagame goes for life presidency

Following Kagame’s 99% election win, his former chief of staff speaks out against the international community’s uncritical support for the president. On 4 August, Rwanda’s President Paul Kagame was re-elected with a near-perfect vote of 99%, earning himself a place in history alongside the likes of Joseph Stalin, Saddam Hussein and Kim Jong Un. The costly sham elections had been preceded by a constitutional referendum in 2015. In that vote, 98% approved changes that allow Kagame, in power since 1994, to be president until 2034. The results of the just-concludedRead More


DRCongo youth rise up against Kabila

Youth in the Democratic Republic of the Congo have organized an unprecedented popular uprising calling for the repressive President Joseph Kabila to step down. They are wielding social media and peaceful protests as tools for their resistance, and have turned the nation’s political world upside down. Kabila has refused to relinquish power even though he was constitutionally mandated to do so when his second term ended this past January. This was no surprise for the Congolese because they know their mineral-rich nation has made Kabila, his family, and his supportersRead More